- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 16, 2014

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A Mankato woman has been sentenced to serve a year and a day in prison in a forced labor case.

The U.S. Justice Department says 59-year-old Tieu Tran will be on supervised probation for a year after her release.

Tran pleaded guilty in March to one count of forced labor trafficking.

Court documents say in 2008 Tran recruited a woman from Vietnam to travel to the U.S. using false promises of legal immigration status and a high-paying job.

But prosecutors say instead, Tran smuggled the woman and two other Vietnamese nationals across the U.S.-Mexico border and forced her to pay down the debt by working at Tran’s son’s restaurant in Mankato.

Tran admitted compelling the woman to work long hours without paying her as promised. Tran also was ordered to pay restitution to the victim.

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